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Minutes of Chapter Meeting 
March 12, 2008 


Four members were present. 

Mike Divoll led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The minutes of the December meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter. 

Dave Mathis presented the treasurer’s report, showing $15,708.87 in the chapter’s two accounts. 

President Andy Megrath solicited nominations for chapter officers and board members, to be voted on at 
the April meeting. [The vote has since been postponed until the May meeting.) 

Andy Megrath issued a $100 check to the Rutland Housing Authority to help G.D., a veteran in need of 
assistance. 

A client at Dodge House is taking classes at night and needs a newer version of a program on the Dodge 
House computer. Andy Megrath will investigate the price of software to make the computers compatible. 

Dave Mathis moved to adjourn, seconded by Mike Divoll. Approved. 

Minutes taken by Dave Mathis 

Minutes submitted here by Jack Crowther, secretary 

THE NEXT CHAPTER MEETING WILL BE WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 AT 6 P.M. 

AT THE CHAPTER OFFICES AT THE VFW, 15 WALES ST., RUTLAND, VT. 


VVA Chapter 1 
15 Wales St. 

Rutland, VT 05701-4026 

Address Correction Requested 




Vietnam Veterans 
Of America 

Chapter One 

www.vvachapterl .com 
APRIL 2008 



REPORT OF CHAPTER MEETING 
April 9, 2008 


Three members attended. 

Because of the small attendance, the meeting was conducted informally. 

We will elect officers and [he board of directors at the next meeting, Wednesday, May 14, beginning at 6 p.m. at 
the chapter offices at the VFW, 15 Wales St Please attend and make known your interest in serving as an officer 
or director If you can't attend, let an officer or board member know your interest so we can put your name in 
nomination. 

The chapter has two new life members, Jim Ryan and Bill Whitney, both of Norihficld. Thanks, Jim and Bill, for 
your commitment. 

The Rutland County Veterans Council will meet Monday, May 2L at the American Legion in Rutland to firm up 
Memorial Day plans. Chapter I intends to update the Honor Roll of names on the Rutland County Vietnam 
Veterans Memorial in Main Street Park as part of the overall event. Location of the event is still under discussion. 

The Moving Wall, a traveling reduced-size replica of The Wall in Washington, D.C., which memorializes the 
Vietnam War dead, will be in St Albans jo May. Setup will begin Wednesday, May 14, and be completed the next 
day. The Moving Wall will remain on display through Monday, May 19 t Host for the event is Chapter 753, the 
Northwestern Vermont Vietnam Veterans of America. Chapter 753 is also planning a parade on May 18 at I p.m. 
You can learn more by calling Henry Neuberger at 802-933-8958 ore-mailing c.chrisms@verizon.net. 

Vermont Thunder, an annual motorcycle ride that calls attention to soldiers that are prisoners of war or missing in 
action and assists veterans and veterans' families that are in need, is seeking donations for their work. The ride 
takes place on the Sunday before Memorial Day, or May 25 this year. More about the organization can be found at 
www.vt-thunder.org. The address is 109 Maplewood Ave„ Milton, Vt. 05468*3633. You may also call Mike 
Pendriss, vice president and treasurer of Vermont Thunder, at (802) S93-1191 or e-mail him at 
bigguy.spans@comcast.net. 

The Fleet Reserve Association, Green Mountain Branch No, 235, is seeking partners for its Wounded Heroes 
Project to send needed and requested items to recovering military personnel at Bethesda Naval Medical Center and 
Walter Reed Army Medical Center. 

The Governor's Summit on the Employment of People With Disabilities will take place June 9, 2008, at the 
Sheraton hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. Keynote Speakers will be Jack Jacobs, political and 
military analyst and Medal of Honor recipient; and Lee Woodruff, author and wife of injured television co-anchor 
Bob Woodruff, 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun (o deploy mobile pharmacies to provide vital medicine during 
major emergencies, especially natural disasters. The 40-foot trailers are storm-resistant and have satellite 
connections with VA\s Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy system to obtain a veteran's prescription data to 
dispense the drugs on site. 

From the VVA State Council meeting. Chapter 1 President Andy Megralh reported that Vermont has 570 VVA 
members and 52 associate members stalewide. The annual VVA-sponsored Vermont Veterans Home picnic will 
be held June 28 at the home in Bennington, VVA members serve the residents at the home a traditional summer 
barbecue. 

VVA is down to two service officers, as AJ. Paige has been offered a position with the VA. 


Submitted by Jack Crowther, 
Secretary 




Vietnam Veterans 
Of America 

Chapter One 

www.vvachapterl .com 
MAY 2008 



REPORT OF CHAPTER MEETING 
May 14,2008 


Five members attended. 

The secretary's report was accepted as printed in the newsletter. 

Treasurer Dave Mathis reported a total of$ 16,559.90 in the chapter's accounts. The report was unanimously accepted. 

The chapter has a new life member. Royal Barnard of Rutland, an early member of the chapter who has now rejoined. 

The following officers were nominated for one year terms: president, Andy Megrath; vice president, Larry Young; 
treasurer. Dave Mathis; secretary. Jack Crowther. Board members nominated were Dick Doyle, Bill Whitney, Mike 
DivolL Bub Crosby and Maurice Burden. The slate was unanimously approved. All those elected have been serving in 
those positions, except Burden, who is a new board member, 

Jack Crowther reported on plans for Rutland City’s Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday. May 26, beginning at I 1 a.m. 
at the Rutland County Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Main Street Park. The ceremony in recent years has been at the 
West Street Cemetery in Rutland but was shifted to the site of the Vietnam memorial for this year. 

Featured speaker for the event will be Dr. Matthew Friedman, executive director of the National Center for Post 
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), headquartered at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction. Dr. Friedman, 
w ho is also professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at Dartmouth Medical School, has worked with PTSD patients 
as a clinician and researcher for 30 years and has published extensively on stress and PTSD. He will be available for 
questions fol lowing the ceremony. 

Other parts of the event include a color guard, firing squad, music by the Rutland High School Band, and the reading 
of winning essays on "What Memorial Day Means to Me/' 

The members listed below have sent in their e-mail addresses to share with other members. Anyone who would like to 
add t heir name to the list can simply e-mail Dick Doyle, who is maintaining the list, Dick’s e-mail is in the list below. Mass 
mailings to this chapter list should be limited to Chapter 1 business. Changes to the list and new additions are listed in 
bold. 

Also note that you can have your newsletter delivered by e-mail without putting your name on the list below\ Just make 
it clear to Dick, Electronic delivery saves the chapter postage. 


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Submitted by Jack C.rowther, Secretary 


THE NEXT CHAPTER MEETING WILL BE WEDNESDAY, JUNE U AT 6 P.M. 
AT THE CHAPTER OFFICES AT THE VFW, 15 WALES ST., RUTLAND, VT. 


VVA Chapter I 
15 Wales St. 

Rutland, VT 05701-4026 

Address Correction Requested 






Vietnam Veterans 
Of America 

Chapter One 

www.vvachapterl .com 
JUNE 2008 



MINUTES OFCHAPTER MEETING 
June 11,2008 

Seven members attended. 

The secretary’s report was accepted as printed in 
the newsletter. 

Treasurer Dave Mathis reported a total of $ 16,060,23 
in the chapter’s accounts. The report was 
unanimously accepted. 

A motion was made to send Molly Quinn, the singer 
for the Memorial Day ceremony, $35, an addition to 
the $40 she was paid on the day itself. Motion passed 
unanimously. 

The national V VA organization has asked for DD 214 service records for the Chapter I officers. There was some 
puzzlement among the current officers, which have alt served for several years without any recent requests for 
documentation, 

A former resident of Rutland County who served in the Navy and was in the South China Sea in 1961 and 1962 
has requested inclusion on the Rutland County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honor Roll. The chapter will request 
further service record documentation to determine if he qualifies. 

President Andy Megrath reported a request from Bethany Bergeron, the family readiness coordinator for the 
Vermont National Guard, the case of a guard member in southern Vermont facing financial problems and 
wondering if Chapter I might help- After some discussion, Larry Young moved that the chapter provide $250 to 
assist the veteran. Seconded by Bill Whitney. After further consideration, the amount was increased to $400. 
Motion passed unanimously. In line with past practice, the money will be paid to a utility company to whom the 
veteran owes money, rather than to the veteran. 

By consensus, we agreed to Andy Megrath's request to take our Memorial Day speaker. Dr. Matthew Friedman, 
and his wife to lunch when he visits him in August. Mrs, Friedman is a veteran herself, having served as a medical 
nurse in Vietnam. Dr. Friedman is executive director of the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 
(PTSD). Jack Crowther suggested the chapter might make a donation to Dr. Friedman's organization as an 
honorarium. 

Larry Young moved that we skip the July meeting. Seconded by Dave Mathis. Passed unimously. 

The members listed below have sent in their e-mail addresses to share with other members. Anyone who would 
like to add their name to the list can simply e-mail Dick Doyle, who is maintaining the list. Dick's e-mail is in the 



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Rutland County Viotnam Votoram Momorial Honor Roll at th# 
Memorial Day C*r«tnany in Rutland on May 26 



list below. Mass mailings to this chapter list should be limited to Chapter 1 business. Changes to the list and new 
additions are listed in bold. 

Also note that you can have your newsletter delivered by e-mail without putting your name on the list below. Just 
make h dear to Dick. Electronic delivery saves the chapter postage. 


Personal email addresses concealed 


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Submitted by Jack Crowther. Secretary 


THE NEXT CHAPTER MEETING WILL BE WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13 AT 6 P.M. 
AT THE CHAPTER OFFICES AT THE VFW. 15 WALES ST., RUTLAND, VT. 


VVA Chapter I 
15 Wales St. 

Rutland, VT 05701-4026 

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Vietnam Veterans 
Of America 

Chapter One 

www.vvachapterl .com 
AUGUST 2008 



MINUTES OF CHAPTER MEETING 
August 13. 2008 

Six members attended, as well as Ed Wiehe from North Clarendon, who is in the process of joining. 

The secretary's report was accepted as printed in the newsletter. 

Treasurer Dave Mathis reported a total of $15,571.70 in the chapter’s accounts. The report was 
unanimously accepted. 

President Andy Megrath reported the chapter has 13S regular members and three associate members, 
including 82 life members, 

Ted Siachulski of Williamstown, a veterans advocate focused on traumatic brain injury, spoke to us. as he 
did a year ago. about his efforts to increase awareness of TB!, which he described as “one of the signature 
wounds in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan." A former Marine and veteran of the first Iraq War, Stachulski 
himself suffered traumatic brain injury, though not during military service. His own experiences in coping 
with the effects of TB1 have led him to become active in this field. He also serves as a veterans outreach 
specialist for the Brain Injury Association of Vermont and serves on the Traumatic Brain In jury Advisory 
Board for Vermont. His work involves providing education, information, referral and training services 
related to traumatic brain injury. 

Ted came seeking scholarship help for veterans to attend Vermont's 20th Annual Brain Injury Conference 
Oct. 29 in Burlington. He was at the meeting on his “own time" and “own dime” as a volunteer for the 
conference planning committee." Last year veterans from Rutland, Colchester. Middlebury, Enosburg 
Falls, Winooski, Northfield. Jericho. Hancock, Randolph, Johnson, Barre. Bennington, and Willislon 
attended, and he was able to use all 10 scholarships provided by Chapter 1. 

Stachulski said the Veterans Administration office in White River Junction will not provide numbers of 
TBI patients. In 2006. however, he knows that 10 veterans went through the assessment, diagnosis and 
treatment phase and then on to the "long and laborious compensation phase." 

“I can tell you that number is going to skyrocket for 2007 and 2008.” he said. Traumatic injury support 
groups are the central part of his work. Stachulski said a recurring theme is that veterans are "not 
screened, or improperly screened, misdiagnosed and falling through every single crack that could possibly 
happen." 

Following Ted's presentation, Dave Mathis moved to support Stachulski and the Brain Injury Conference 
by providing $350 for 10 scholarships for veterans to attend. The veteran must pay the additional $15 for 
the $50 admission cost. Seconded by Mo Burden. Passed unanimously. 

Ted left three of the Loose leaf notebooks that constitute a resource manual on the subject of traumatic 
brain injury, and these are available at the chapter office. 

Andy Megrath reported on assistance provided to a terminally ill cancer patient who came to the chapter's 
attention through Sharon Russell of the Rutland City Mission. After getting approval from three other 
officers, Andy and Dave Mathis issue a check for $200 to purchase a bus ticket for the veteran to return 
home to California. The veteran was unable to fly because of his condition. He is now undergoing 
chemotherapy in California and sent the chapter a letter expressing his gratitude. 

Andy also reported on an apparently improper use of VVA mailing lists in New England. A veteran from 
Methuen. Mass., evidently got hold of the VVA roster and used it to solicit donations in support of a boys’ 
shelter for troubled teens. Andy has reported the infraction to the VVA National organization and the 
Massachusetts VVA State Council and has notified the individual directly of his improper use of the 



mailing list. Though his efforts appear sincere, the veteran's use of the mailing list was improper. Andy 
spent considerable time pursuing the matter to see that the practice was stopped. 

Andy reported that he has secured the promise of a copy of a Vermont directory listing veterans of the 
Vietnam War. This should he a help in continuing to verify and add names to the Rutland County 
Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

Andy passed on the announcement of the Eleventh Annual Northern New England Military Retiree 
Activity Day Aug. 23 at the Army Aviation Center of the Vermont National Guard at South Burlington. 
The activity day will provide legal assistance, health care information, survivor benefits, recreational 
facilities, and information on the Veterans Administration, veterans cemeteries, veterans homes and more. 
For more information, contact Capt. Paul G. Blacketor at 802-893-7186 or Lt. Col. Lloyd Goodrow at 
802-338-3324. 

Ron Granger, a former Marine and an active golfer, inquired about the possibility of a golfing fund-raiser 
to benefit the chapter. Andy Megrath invited him to propose something that could be put out to members 
to see if there was interest. 

After a brief discussion, we decided to not have a meeting in September but to meet in October on our 
regular day. 

On a regular basis bui not this month due to a lack of space. Chapter l members who choose to can have their e- 
mail addresses listed in the newsletter to share with other members. Anyone who would like to add their name to 
the list can simply e-mail Dick Doyle, who is maintaining the list. Dick's e-mail is rpdoyle3@verizon.net. 

Also note that you can have your newsletter delivered by e-mail without putting your name on the list that appears 
in the newsletter. Just make it clear to Dick. Electronic delivery of the newsletter saves the chapter postage. 

Submitted by Jack Crowther, Secretary 

THE NEXT CHAPTER MEETING WILL BE WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8, AT 6 P.M. 

AT THE CHAPTER OFFICES AT THE VFW, IS WALES ST., RUTLAND. VT. 


VVA Chapter I 
15 Wales St. 

Rutland. VT 05701-4026 
Address Correction Requested 


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Vietnam Veterans 
Of America 

Chapter One 

www.wachapterl .com 
OCTOBER 2008 



MINUTES OF CHAPTER MEETING 
Oct. 8, 2008 


Three members attended. 

President Andy Megrath reported the chapter has 138 regular members and three associate members, 
including 83 life members. John Walker of Keene, N.H., is our newest life member. 

Dick Doyle noted that the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act contained a section related to 
“Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag.” The new language in the law allows out-of- 
uniform members of the armed forces and veterans to salute, rather than place their hand over their heart 
(and remove their hat) during flag ceremonies. The language is as follows: 

“During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, 
all persons present in uniform should render the military salute. Members of the Armed Forces and 
veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute. All other persons present 
should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove 
their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Citizens 
of other countries present should stand at attention. All such conduct troward the flag in a moving column 
should be rendered at the moment the flag passes.” 

Carl Baldwin of Santa Fe, N.M., formerly of Danby, wrote the chapter thanking it for recognizing the 
contribution of Rutland County's Vietnam veterans. Carl, who served in the 366th Tactical Fighter 
Squadron at Da Nang Air Base in 1967 and 1968, included a generous donation to the chapter. 

Andy Megrath reported that he had applied to the local GE plant, from which he recently retired, for help 
with replacement of the garage roof at the Dodge House in Rutland, Vermont’s only facility for homeless 
veterans. GE made a corporate donation of money and will supply volunteers to put on the roof, which is 
scheduled for Oct. 11. Larry Young, who is Chapter 1 vice president, a member of the Dodge House board 
and a builder, will supervise the work. 

Dick Doyle moved to donate $50 to the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, which in 1993 erected 
the memorial in Washington dedicated to women veterans of the war. Seconded by Jack Crowther. Passed 
without dissent. 

Andy Megrath presented a copy of the Vermont directory listing veterans of the Vietnam War. This 
should be a help in continuing to verify and add names to the Rutland County Vietnam Veterans 
Memorial, although the chapter will continue to require submission of a DD 214 service record to insure the 





Vietnam Veterans 
Of America 

Chapter One 

www.vvachapterl .com 
NOVEMBER 2008 



MINUTES OF CHAPTER MEETING 
Nov. 12, 2008 


Six members attended. 

The secretary’s report was approved as printed in (he newsletter. 

Treasurer Dave Mathis repotted a total of $ 16,240.31 in the chapter's accounts. The report was approved unanimously. 

Dick Doyle moved that the chapter contribute $200 to the local Fleet Reserve Association Green Mountain Branch 235 
Wounded Heroes Project. Seconded by Dave Mathis. Approved unanimously. The pruject benefits servicemen and 
women at the Walter Reed Army Medical Cener and the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center. These service 
people are often separated from their gear in the process of being evacuated for treatment, and the Fleet Reserve project 
attempts to fill the need forclothingand personal items, the latter including such things as phone cards. This is the fourth 
such shipment assembled, with 250 pounds sent so far. Contributions may be sent to the Fleet Reserve Association. 30 
Madison St., Rutland. VT 05701. Donations should note they arc for the "Wounded Heroes Project,” 

Membership chairman Dick Doyle reported that Chapter I has 139 regular members. We have a new life member, John 
Walker of Keene, N.H. We also have ihree associate members. 

The following C hapter 1 members have chosen to have their e-mail addresses listed in the newsletter to share with other 
members. Anyone who would like to add their name to the list can simply e-mail Dick Doyle, who is maintaining the list. 
Dick’s e-mail is rpdoyle3@verizon.net. 

Also note (hat you can have your newsletter delivered by e-mail without putting your name on the list that appears in 
the newsletter. Just make it clear to Dick. Electronic delivery of the newsletter saves the chapter postage. Changes are 
in boldface type. 


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Sam Bunge, a charter member of Chapter I who now lives in Petersburg, Alaska, visited Vietnam last April with a team of 
vets to work on a school construction project. Sam reports by e-mail: "1 found the visit to be a fascinating and healing 
experienced His photo-narrative blog of the project, containing many photos and extensive notes, may be found in two pans 
at the following sites: http://rakkasan6S.hlog.com and http://rakkasan682.blQQ, com . 

With sadness, we report the death of Lx Cmdr, David Woodcraft of Essex, England, on Oct, 25.1 A Cmdr. Woodcraft was 
retired from the Royal Australian Navy. He and his w ife, Elaine, visited Chapter 1 in October 1999 and shared a meal with 
us at the VFW, A citizen of the UK, he had joined the Royal Naval Reserve in 1961 and transferred to the Royal Australian 
Navy in 1964. His service on the aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney included two trips to Vietnam in 1965. After joining the Royal 
Australian Navy Reserve in ! 975, he worked for Lloyd's Register of Shipping and worked in several locations. He was active 
in an Australian charity that looks after the widows and dependents of Australian servicemen living in the UK, France and 
Belgium. 

Jack Crowther passed on an invitation from Valerie Cleary of the Rutland Garden Club to wives of members to assist w ith 
the Garden Club s projects, in particular the Rutland County Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The club generously maintains a 
host of garden projects around the city, including the memorial. Anyone interested can contact Jack at 775-1182 or 
jack_2@yahoo.com, and he'll put you in touch with Valerie. 

Submitted by Jack Crowther, Secretary 

THE NEXT CHAPTER MEETING WILL BE WEDNESDAY, JAN, 14, 2009 AT 6 P.M. 

AT THE CHAPTER OFFICES AT THE VFW, 15 WALES ST,, RUTLAND, VT* 

WE WILL SKIP THE DECEMBER MEETING 


VVA Chapter 1 
15 Wales St. 

Rutland, VT 05701-4026 
Address Correction Requested 


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